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Fourth-Ranked NC State Baseball Defeats Wake Forest to Complete Sweep

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The fourth-ranked NC State baseball team completed the series sweep against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons with a 10-6 win Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at Doak Field at Dail Park. The Wolfpack has won eight consecutive games to record its fourth weekend sweep of the season and second in ACC play.

NC State gained control of the game with six unanswered runs after trailing 5-4 heading to the bottom of the sixth. The Pack scored three in the sixth, two in the seventh and one in the eighth to pull ahead and secure the win.

The Wolfpack moves to 39-12 on the year and 18-9 in ACC play, while Wake Forest falls to 22-29 and 11-16 in conference action. Redshirt freshman Connor Centala earned his first collegiate win in the contest with an inning of shutout relief, while Wake’s Tyler Witt was hit with the loss.

Kent Klyman threw the final three innings for the Pack and registered his fourth save.

Avent’s Additions
Overall thoughts…
“I’m just really proud of our guys,” said head coach Elliott Avent. “They’ve gone through a lot; this season has been tough. It’s a tough transition from two intense night games with great crowds to a day game. Today felt like New Mexico to me, I do not know what it felt like to them.

“We just got behind again and I’m really proud of their effort. We were thin in pitching and I thought Centala [Connor] came in and pitched a really good inning for us. I just think we’re playing very well right now.”

On completing the sweep on Senior Day…
“Senior Day is special and everybody talks about that. It is about Senior Day, but it’s also about winning and getting better. If it hadn’t had been Senior Day, it would have been just as big but I’m sure looking back on it they will remember this win on Senior Day.”

Quick Hits
– NC State struck early in the contest, as a double from Brett Kinneman in the bottom of the first pushed across the first runs of the game as the Wolfpack took a 2-0 lead.
– Wake Forest countered with a pair of runs in the top of the second to knot the score at two apiece after an RBI groundout and an RBI single.
– Evan Edwards led off the bottom half of the inning with a walk and scored on a double to left center by Stephen Pitarra, as the Wolfpack answered quickly to regain the lead 3-2.
– The Demon Deacons pulled ahead, 5-3, with three runs in the third following a wild pitch and a two-run homer from Cole McNamee.
– Will Wilson started the bottom of the frame with a double to right center and scored on an RBI groundout from Kinneman to narrow the margin to 5-4.
– After both teams were held scoreless in the fourth and fifth, Josh McLain hit a two-RBI triple to left center to give NC State a 6-5 lead after Devonte Brown and J.T. Jarrett walked and singled earlier in the frame.
– Wilson followed with a single through the left side to score McLain, as the Wolfpack scored all three runs in the frame with two outs.
– Edwards scored the eighth run of the game for NC State on a safety squeeze from Jarrett, as he was called out initially but was ruled safe after review.
– McLain’s sacrifice fly extended the Pack’s advantage to 9-5 with Brown scoring from third.
– Patrick Bailey walked and advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches to push across the 10thrun of the day for NC State.
– Wake Forest got a run back in the ninth on a solo homer from Michael Ludowig, but Klyman rebounded to retire the next three batters to get the save.

Inside the Box Score
– Wilson led the Wolfpack at the plate and was the only player in the game to record three hits to go along with an RBI and a run scored.
– Pitarra also turned in a multi-hit performance, as he doubled twice in the contest and scored a run, while driving in another.
– NC State scored 10 or more runs for the 12thtime this season.
– The Wolfpack is also 29-3 on the year when scoring at least six runs.

On the Mound
– Freshman Evan Justice made his first ACC start of his collegiate career and went 1.2 innings.
– Michael Bienlien turned in a strong relief appearance with three innings pitched, yielding one earned run with three strikeouts.
– Centala inherited a runner on first in the sixth and forced a double play and then a groundout to end the inning.
– Klyman closed out the game, pitching the final three innings and he fanned four batters.
– The Wolfpack pitching staff struck out seven batters and walked just one.

On Deck
NC State returns to action in its final regular-season series, as the Wolfpack travels to Tallahassee for a matchup with Florida State. First pitch of Thursday and Friday’s games is at 6 p.m., while Saturday’s series finale is set for 1 p.m.

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3 NC State Players Named to D1Baseball 2019 Preseason All-American Team

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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State baseball’s Patrick Bailey, Kent Klyman and Will Wilson have been named D1Baseball Preseason All-Americans in advance of the 2019 season.

The Wolfpack is one of just four teams nationally with three players on the team and the only program from the ACC. All three earned a spot on the third team.

Patrick Bailey, So., C

Bailey was a unanimous Freshman All-America selection last season, claiming the honor from all five publications to announce the award, including Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Perfect Game.

The Greensboro, N.C., native turned in a stellar rookie season to earn ACC Freshman of the Year. Bailey led all freshmen in the ACC in batting average (.321), home runs (13), total bases (113) and slugging percentage (.604).

He was tabbed a Second Team All-ACC and ACC All-Freshman Team selection, in addition to being an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Region honoree. Bailey set the NC State freshman home run record with 13 long balls in his initial season, eclipsing the previous mark of 12 held by Colt Morton.

The switch-hitting catcher made history against William & Mary, when he became the first Wolfpack player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.

Bailey’s .604 slugging percentage led the Pack, was the fourth highest in the ACC and best for a freshman. He logged the second most multi-hit games on the team with 21 and also contributed 11 multi-RBI games, highlighted by two games with five or more RBIs. Bailey threw out 11 runners on the base paths and recorded a .983 fielding percentage.

He earns his second Preseason All-America honor, as he also received the award from Perfect Game.

Kent Klyman, Jr., LHP

Klyman served as the Wolfpack’s top reliever out of the bullpen last season, as he was second on the team with 31 appearances. That mark tied for the sixth most by an ACC pitcher last season.

He led NC State with eight wins to go along with a 2.34 earned run average (ERA). Klyman’s eight wins tied for the second most in the conference. The junior pitcher threw 61.2 innings as a sophomore and also tallied four saves.

The Jamestown, Va., native struck out 67 batters and walked only 25 batters while allowing just 16 earned runs. He sported a 0.00 ERA through his first 12 outings of the 2018 season. Klyman threw a career-long 4.1 innings against Notre Dame and fanned a career-best six batters in 3.1 innings of relief against UNC-Chapel Hill.

He did not allow an earned run in 22 of his 31 appearances and held opponents to a .204 batting average. Klyman was a part of four combined shutouts by the NC State pitching staff last season.

Will Wilson, Jr., SS

Hailing from Kings Mountain, N.C., Wilson secures his third Preseason All-America honor as he also collected the accolade from Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game. He was recently tabbed one of the top 50 prospects for the 2019 MLB Draft by MLB Pipeline.

He spent the summer as a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (CNT) and traveled to Cuba with the team.

After claiming Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball in his initial season with the Wolfpack, Wilson put together a .307 batting average as a sophomore to go along with 53 RBIs and 15 home runs. He was one of seven Wolfpack players to claim All-ACC honors and one of four named to the first team.

The Pack’s shortstop made program history during the season by becoming the first NC State player to claim ACC Player of the Week honors three times in a season. Wilson hit 10 home runs against ACC teams, which tied for the third most in conference games and is the most among returning players. He was named one of 35 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given annually to the top player in collegiate baseball.

Wilson was also selected to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, which is presented to the nation’s top shortstop. He was tabbed National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and College Sports Madness, along with NCBWA National Hitter of the Week during the season.

NC State will open the 2019 season ranked No. 21 in the Perfect Game and No. 22 in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Polls, which marks the 17th consecutive season that the Wolfpack has either started or finished the year ranked among the top 25. The Pack hosts the Bucknell Bison on opening weekend, Feb. 15-17, for a three-game series at Doak Field at Dail Park.

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NC State Ranked 21st in Perfect Game 2019 Preseason College Baseball Poll

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – After hosting an NCAA Regional for the sixth time in program history last season, the NC State baseball team will begin its 2019 campaign ranked No. 21 in the Perfect Game Preseason Poll, the organization announced Wednesday.

The selection marks the 17th consecutive year that NC State has either started the year or finished the season ranked in the polls.

The Pack is one of five programs from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to appear in the Perfect Game preseason listing.

NC State will play a total of 14 games versus teams ranked in the poll.

Perfect Game announced its preseason All-Americans on Tuesday, as junior Will Wilson was named to the second team and sophomore Patrick Bailey was tabbed to the third team.

The Wolfpack was also ranked in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll announced in December, checking in at No. 22.

NC State opens the 2019 season at home on Feb. 15 against Bucknell. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park.

2019 NC State baseball season tickets are now on sale and can be found on GoPack.com/Pack9Tickets.

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NC State Lands 2 on Perfect Game Preseason All-American Teams

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – NC State baseball’s Patrick Bailey and Will Wilson have been tabbed Preseason All-Americans by Perfect Game ahead of the 2019 season, announced Tuesday by the organization.

Wilson earns a spot on the second team, ranking among the nation’s top four middle infielders, while Bailey is on the third team as one of the top three catchers nationally.

Hailing from Kings Mountain, N.C., Wilson secures his second Preseason All-America honor as he also collected the accolade from Collegiate Baseball. He was recently tabbed one of the top 50 prospects for the 2019 MLB Draft by MLB Pipeline.

He spent the summer as a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (CNT) and traveled to Cuba with the team.

After claiming Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball in his initial season with the Wolfpack, Wilson put together a .307 batting average as a sophomore to go along with 53 RBIs and 15 home runs. He was one of seven Wolfpack players to claim All-ACC honors and one of four named to the first team.

The Pack’s shortstop made program history during the season by becoming the first NC State player to claim ACC Player of the Week honors three times in a season. Wilson hit 10 home runs against ACC teams, which tied for the third most in conference games and is the most among returning players. He was named one of 35 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given annually to the top player in collegiate baseball.

Wilson was also selected to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, which is presented to the nation’s top shortstop. He was tabbed National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and College Sports Madness, along with NCBWA National Hitter of the Week during the season.

Bailey was a unanimous Freshman All-America selection last season, claiming the honor from all five publications to announce the award, including Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Perfect Game.

The Greensboro, N.C., native turned in a stellar rookie season to earn ACC Freshman of the Year. Bailey led all freshmen in the ACC in batting average (.321), home runs (13), total bases (113) and slugging percentage (.604).

He was tabbed a Second Team All-ACC and ACC All-Freshman Team selection, in addition to being an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Region honoree. Bailey set the NC State freshman home run record with 13 long balls in his initial season, eclipsing the previous mark of 12 held by Colt Morton.

The switch-hitting catcher made history against William & Mary, when he became the first Wolfpack player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.

Bailey’s .604 slugging percentage led the Pack, was the fourth highest in the ACC and best for a freshman. He logged the second most multi-hit games on the team with 21 and also contributed 11 multi-RBI games, highlighted by two games with five or more RBIs. Bailey threw out 11 runners on the base paths and recorded a .983 fielding percentage.

NC State will open the 2019 season ranked No. 22 in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll, which marks the 17th consecutive season that the Wolfpack has either started or finished the year ranked among the top 25. The Pack hosts the Bucknell Bison on opening weekend, Feb. 15-17, for a three-game series at Doak Field at Dail Park.

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NC State Ranked 22nd in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

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Junior Shortstop Will Wilson was recently named a Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball, and yesterday they released their 2019 Preseason College Baseball Poll, and NC State sits at #22.

After the preseason ranking, NC State has now either started or finished the season ranked for 17 straight years.

Collegiate Baseball 2019 Preseason Top-25

Rank Team (Final 2018 Record) Points
1. Louisiana St. (39-27) 496
2. Vanderbilt (35-27) 495
3. UCLA (38-21) 494
4. Texas Tech. (45-20) 491
5. Stanford (46-12) 488
6. Florida (49-21) 487
7. Oregon St. (55-12-1) 485
8. North Carolina (44-20) 482
9. Louisville (45-19) 480
10. Florida St. (43-19) 479
11. Mississippi (48-17) 476
12. Coastal Carolina (43-19) 473
13. Georgia (39-21) 471
14. Texas (42-23) 468
15. Clemson (47-16) 467
16. Oklahoma St. (31-26-1) 464
17. Georgia Tech. (31-21) 462
18. Cal. St. Fullerton (36-25) 460
19. Texas Christian (33-23) 457
20. Duke (45-18) 453
21. Baylor (37-21) 450
22. N.C. State (42-18) 446
23. Auburn (43-23) 445
24. Missouri St. (40-17) 442
25. Arkansas (48-21) 439

ACC Teams in the Top-25

8. UNC
9. Louisville
10 FSU
15. Clemson
17. Georgia Tech
20. Duke
22. NC State

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